How to set cornerRadius for only some corners

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Everyone knows how to make a view's corners round.

view.layer.cornerRadius = 20

You don't need to set view.clipsToBounds = true for corners to be round. You only need clipsToBounds if you have subviews that you need to be clip to the parent bounds.

The following are the examples of clipsToBounds set to true and false.

clipsToBounds set to false
clipsToBounds = false

The green subview does not confine by the parent, so its edge extends beyond the round corner.

clipsToBounds set to true
clipsToBounds = true

When set clipsToBounds to true, the green subview gets clip along with its parent.

Not every time that we want all corners to be round. To make only specific corners round, you can do one of the following methods.

maskedCorners (iOS 11)

In iOS 11, CALayer got a new property maskedCorners which is an OptionSet that got four options to choose from.

public struct CACornerMask : OptionSet {
public init(rawValue: UInt)
public static var layerMinXMinYCorner: CACornerMask { get }
public static var layerMaxXMinYCorner: CACornerMask { get }
public static var layerMinXMaxYCorner: CACornerMask { get }
public static var layerMaxXMaxYCorner: CACornerMask { get }

To make top corners round, you can set it like this.

view.layer.cornerRadius = 20
view.layer.maskedCorners = [.layerMinXMinYCorner, .layerMaxXMinYCorner]
maskedCorners set to layerMinXMinYCorner and layerMaxXMinYCorner
.maskedCorners = [.layerMinXMinYCorner, .layerMaxXMinYCorner]

The following table show mapping between CACornerMask and corner.

CACornerMask Corner
layerMinXMinYCorner top left corner
layerMaxXMinYCorner top right corner
layerMinXMaxYCorner bottom left corner
layerMaxXMaxYCorner bottom right corner


For iOS 10 and below, you can do this with the help of a mask layer.

let path = UIBezierPath(roundedRect: view.bounds, byRoundingCorners: [.topLeft, .topRight], cornerRadii: CGSize(width: 20, height: 20)) <1>
let mask = CAShapeLayer()
mask.path = path.cgPath <2>
view.layer.mask = mask <3>

<1> With a help of UIBezierPath. We create a rectangle path with round corners at top left and top right.
<2> We use this path to make a shape layer.

A path with round corners at the top left and top right.
A path with round corners at the top left and top right.

<3> We use the shape to be a mask on our view.

Round corner by set layer mask
Round corner by set layer mask

We can make it easier to use with an extension.

extension UIView {
func roundCorners(corners: UIRectCorner, radius: CGFloat) {
let path = UIBezierPath(roundedRect: bounds, byRoundingCorners: corners, cornerRadii: CGSize(width: radius, height: radius))
let mask = CAShapeLayer()
mask.path = path.cgPath
layer.mask = mask

// Use it like this
view.roundCorners(corners: [.topLeft, .topRight], radius: 20)


One thing to keep in mind when using the mask layer is the bounds of the mask doesn't change with the view. So if there is a change of a view bounds after the mask layer has been set, you might get unexpected shape.

Here are the samples of a round corner mask on a view of size 200x200.

Round corner on a view of size 200x200
Round corner on a view of size 200x200

If we later change the size of the view to 300x300, you can see that we still see the same shape, but it moves a bit further to the top left of the original position. That's because the mask still is the same size of 200x200 and position at 0, 0 (top left), so even the size become 300x300, you can only see an old masking shape.

Mask layer of size 200x200 on a view of size 300x300
Mask layer of size 200x200 on a view of size 300x300

The same rule applies when the size of a view getting smaller. In this case, the top right corner doesn't rounded anymore because the rounding path is beyond the width of our new view (100x100).

Mask layer of size 200x200 on a view of size 100x100
Mask layer of size 200x200 on a view of size 100x100

To fix this, you might need to call roundCorners in viewDidLayoutSubviews() where the view's bounds are final. Or create a subclass of UIView and call roundCorners in the view's layoutSubviews.

class View: UIView {
override func layoutSubviews() {
roundCorners(corners: [.topLeft, .topRight], radius: 20)
class ViewController: UIViewController {
override func viewDidLayoutSubviews() {
yourView.roundCorners(corners: [.topLeft, .topRight], radius: 20)

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